H Street Festival is one of the most anticipated and highly attended single day festivals in Washington D.C. The festival is 11 blocks long and has 14 staging areas that are diversely themed and programmed to target the different segments of audiences. The staging areas feature music of different genres, dance, youth based performances, interactive children’s program, fashion, heritage arts, poetry and many more. Learn more at hstreetfestival.org
"DCMS is proud to be programming at the comeback of the 2021 H Street Festival, we are continually creating awareness in spreading the word about our our organization, membership opportunities, and our yearly summit. We want to be a leading nonprofit known for empowering our creative community.” - DCMS Founder, Dior Ashley Brown
One of DC’s most innovative and enduring artists, Uptown XO has established himself locally and nationally with inspirational songs that touch on hard issues from family and culture to race and gentrification.
Born Jamaal Walton, XO grew up immersed in the culture of the District of Columbia, inheriting a love of hip-hop from his parents who were both musicians. Formally launching his career in 2009 with his first mixtapes, he quickly became a staple on the city’s rap scene, hosting his own weekly showcase where he built a community of like-minded talented artists. After signing with former Roc-a-fella Executive Kenny Burns’ label Studio 43, he released the classic Monumental and 1.1.10 projects, with Spin Magazine calling Monumental 2 one of their top 50 mixtapes of the decade. He went on to join Diamond District with whom he toured the world and made high profile festival appearances at SXSW, A3C, and Trillectro. XO continued on his own solo career, highlighted by his 2013 album Colour De Grey, which HipHopDX praised for its “agile rhymes and detailed storytelling.” Following that up with a series of collaborations with Aleem Bilal, he has kept up a steady output of fresh material, maintaining his reputation as one of the most vital rappers in DC.
Jenna Camille is a singer-songwriter from Accokeek, Maryland whose music is "a heady mix of R&B with elements of jazz, hip-hop and electronic music," as described by The Washington Post, which "evokes the anything-goes apotheosis of neo-soul".
Growing up, Jenna received formal training in piano, studying at the New Sewell Music Conservatory and DC's esteemed Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She then majored in jazz studies at both Michigan State University and the University of the District of Columbia. At the same time, Jenna has performed at a wide range of events, including the Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra, Ghana, and the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, Michigan. She has also shared bills with acts like Hollie Cook and Damu the Fudgemunk, among others. in 2018, She and Portugal-based producer, Pedro Ricardo, released their joint album “This Is What I’m Going Through” on Wolf Music Recordings. The album was featured on I-D France, BBC Radio, Stamp the Wax, Bolting Bits,NTS Radio and Virgil Abloh’s Televised Radio. She currently tours with Jazz-Spokenword group, Heroes Are Gang Leaders and is signed to HipNott Records.
DREW KEYS is a keyboardist, producer, and teacher in the DC metro music scene. He produced the Beat Box Go-Go remix and co-produced Kodak Black - Gleerious.
Drew Keys has been a versatile keyboardist in the Washington DC Go-Go Community for over 16 years. He currently is also a Music Instructor for people ranging in age from age 2 to adults. Drew has performed with many local artists and bands including The Go-Go Symphony, TCB, Wale, Ari Lennox, Trina, WillThaRapper, & Noochie. You can also catch him producing music with The AIM Society (A Multimedia Branding Collective). He is a veteran in his field with a wide variety of experience to include: performances at select nightclubs, weddings, private events, festivals. As well as producing original tracks and remixes. Not only specializing in the genre of GO-GO, Drew loves to vibe to Hip- Hop, R&B, Reggae, and EDM and Alternative Music.